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Best Family Vacations in Europe

From Colosseum-touring in Rome to flamenco-dancing in Seville, Europe offers something for travelers of all ages and interests. To help guide you to a European locale that offers a winning mix of family-friendly attractions and affordable hotels as well as high approval among travelers and experts, U.S. News editors ranked the top 13 places to visit across the continent. Vote for your favorite spots below, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Check out photos of the Best Family Vacations in Europe »

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London
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Why go: From the London Zoo to the London Dungeon and Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station to the fire-eaters of Covent Garden, London captivates its visitors. The city is known for its high price tags but you can find budget-friendly lodging at chain hotels that are easily reachable with the London Underground. Read More»

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Rome
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Why go: In Rome, you and your kids can form lifelong memories as you brush up on ancient history at the Colosseum and the Pantheon. And with plenty of piazzas for kids to roam, kid-friendly museums to tour and gelato to sample, Rome is an educational and crowd-pleasing city to explore at any age. Read More»

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Why go: Barcelona is better known for its rowdy nightlife, but there are several reasons for families to visit. Gaudí's artwork in Güell Park is sure to impress, as are the street performances along Las Ramblas. Plus, there's always the beach. Read More»

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Paris
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Why go: With iconic landmarks and kid-friendly attractions, like the Centre Pompidou and Jardin de Luxembourg, the City of Light offers a fun and enriching vacation experience. And let's not forget a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which is made even better when the lights start to flicker after dark. Read More»

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Why go: This beautiful Italian city offers an array of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. When the kiddos get weary of museum-hopping through the Uffizi Gallery, stroll along the scenic Ponte Vecchio or follow your taste buds to a gelato shop. Read More»

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Lisbon
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Why go: Portugal's capital overflows with castles, cathedrals and ancient neighborhoods. Breaks from admiring the city's elaborate Manueline architecture can include munching on pastéis de nata (cinnamon and custard tarts), taking a ride on Tram 28 or hitting the beach. Read More»

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Why go: Arrive in Edinburgh during the annual Edinburgh Festival in August and the kids can try out their step-dancing skills to traditional bagpipe tunes. When the festival isn't taking place, check out the ancient Edinburgh Castle, climb to Arthur's Seat for sublime city views or picnic in the Scottish Highlands. Read More»

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Prague
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Why go: Prague's fairy tale setting leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. Kids will get a kick out of hearing the Astronomical Clock chime and exploring Prague Castle. Meanwhile, parents will love the city's cultural heritage, tasty beer and reasonable price tags. Read More»

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Madrid
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Why go: Madrid hosts some of the most kid-friendly attactions in Europe, including the Casa de Campo, where families can take advantage of the Madrid Zoo and the Parque de Attractiones amusement park. Plan on a soccer match at Bernabéu Stadium or a tour of the Royal Palace.  Read More»

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Stockholm
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Why go: You don't have to be an urban sophisticate to appreciate Stockholm. Sweden's capital offers a wealth of museums as well as Skansen (an open-air museum that features a zoo and an aquarium). To save on your trip, purchase a Stockholm Card. Read More»

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Berlin
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Why go: Ever-evolving Berlin is becoming increasingly attractive to families. One of the most fascinating developments is the growth of "Kindercafés," trendy eateries that cater to children. During your visit, spend some time in the Tiergarten (a sprawling green space) and the Berlin Zoo. Read More»

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Seville
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Why go: Flamenco-dancing and palace-touring are must-dos in Seville. The elaborate Real Alcázar palace and Plaza de España are other must-see stops. When little ones need a break from soaking up the city's sights and sounds, retreat to the Parque María Luisa or pick up a churro in Barrio Santa Cruz. Read More»

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Sicily
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Why go: Sicily appeals to visitors of all ages. Families can hike Mount Etna's craters and relax on Mondello Lido's sands. Plus, there's no shortage of historical attractions, including the Valley of the Temples and Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. Read More»

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